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Milo, we have had several discussions with each other in the past few months. I have never received an insult from you or felt threatened by you in any way.

I've told people before where I'm coming from. Since early childhood, I have regarded people's beliefs as demons. And to make things worse, I'm as much a prisoner of those demons as anyone else. Of course, I think it proper for us to judge murderers, thieves, and other evil people - and even to sentence them when they get out of place. However, I feel that one of the most horrible crimes on earth is for a person to look at another human who has done him no harm and decide what he is, just as if the judger were some kind of god. Also, we should not take our inherited myths and preconditionings too seriously, for nothing is what we think it is.

I'll draw from some extreme examples from my life. When I was living in Costa Rica during the 1950s, I went down to the Plaza Central one day to listen to a famous Costa Rican communist who had just returned from exile. Two hundred fifty thousand people turned out to listen to him in a country that at the time had only one million inhabitants. He spent much of his time brainwashing his followers to believe that we Americans are devils. When I noticed that a few hundred or more started looking at me out of the corners of their eyes, I got out of there - fast. Was I really the kind of person he wanted them to think I was?

The above happened during President Nixon's visit to Venezuela. One day, a Venezuelan man rented a room in the boarding house where I was staying. He told me that when Nixon was visiting there, a person in his village publicly declared that he liked Americans. The villagers tied him between two horses and had them split that poor man in half! Was he really a bad man because he liked Americans? Who and what are these people who like to play God?

When I was little, I was treated almost like an outcast for being left-handed. I was also told over and over that left-handed people couldn't learn mathematics. I went through college with no more than a knowledge of arithmetic. Then, in the Marine Corps, I decided to work on myself. I found out that learning math is just like learning a language. You get a model problem or equation, learn it thoroughly, and then substitute different numbers in its place. When I got through trigonometry successfully, I learned a few odds and ends about calculus and decided to stop. That's how all math should he learned, but the academics start out with theory and the like, babbling what novices believe to be pure twaddle, which perhaps it probably is.

I say this: Let's weaken beliefs, refusing to feed them enough to conquer us. In that way, we can change them when we find ideas and facts that are more effective in our lives.

Gene

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The Origin of Christ! 759 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 147 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 141 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 191 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 198 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 161 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 187 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 154 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 195 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 193 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 138 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 185 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 137 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 00:31
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 114 Milo 13-Feb-04 01:16
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 222 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 02:40
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 164 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 168 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 168 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 168 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 130 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 165 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 180 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 240 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 197 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 286 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 181 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 165 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 170 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 197 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 193 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 135 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 191 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 137 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 196 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 127 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 169 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 163 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 228 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 170 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 223 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 177 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 168 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 131 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 164 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 Milo 11-Feb-04 02:10
Re: The Origin of Christ! 188 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 212 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 167 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 161 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 166 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 131 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 210 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 160 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 175 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 192 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 149 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 185 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 188 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 178 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 195 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 191 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 218 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 179 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 174 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 177 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 164 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 168 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 159 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 176 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 185 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 212 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 179 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 198 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 171 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 183 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 184 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 185 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 171 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 165 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 217 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 175 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 223 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 135 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 162 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 161 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 153 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 195 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 168 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 168 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 180 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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